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Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

An Agatha Raisin Mystery

Beaton, M. C.

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
Hired by the Parish councilor of a small community in the Cotswold Hills to investigate the murder of a jolly widow, Agatha Raisin learns about the victim's penchant for keeping borrowed items in a case that is complicated by village secrets and a killer who would make Agatha a next target.

Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0312640137
Characteristics: 291 pages ;,22 cm


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Mar 26, 2015
  • zipread rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue --- by --- M. C. Beaton. One might be forgiven for thinking that MC set this novel sometime in the sepiad past when the world was much simpler, much kinder. But then she jerks us into the present: there are cell, er, mobile phones, gin and tonics, and fast cars. The main protagonist in this Agatha Raisin Mystery is, as you might surmise, Agatha Raisin, a private investigator in a small Cotswolds town where she regularly out-sleuths the local police force to solve the most peculiar of crimes that can only be described as being in the most time-honoured traditions of English skullduggery: murder by poisoning with doped elderberry cordial. Who did it? The vicar perhaps? Ancient Mrs Tripp who always corralled people to read to her and who then promptly fell asleep? Or maybe it was the odd Mr. Sumner who always took long walks in the woods? There are plenty of suspects in this tale of intrigue that has more twists and turns than a corniche in Monaco. A novel, alack too brief, yet thoroughly enjoyable.

Mar 02, 2014
  • Palomino rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The crazy thing is, neither Agatha nor many of her friends are exactly likeable, what with their selfishn and stupid habits, and yet after so many books, you do.

Oct 01, 2013

There are so many of the same underlying jokes and themes that weave throughout the series in book after book, and that’s exactly why I find them so charming. It’s reassuring to know that Agatha is still fascinated by James, Charles and Roy still pop in and out at random, and the crew at the agency hasn’t changed at all. It’s all the same, but Beaton’s style never seems to get old.


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